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. [ sniffles ] ♪ >> harris: breaking news now on the fox report and the pentagon confirming to fox news that retired general norman schwarzkopf has died. he commanded the coalition that pushed saddam hussein's forces out of kuwait in 1991. bob scales on the phone with us now. general scales you wrote a book called certain victory and you have a lot of knowledge of the history of the iraq war but personal knowledge with this man. you call him truly the first great american hero after vietnam. your thoughts? >> that is exactly right, harris. remember, i come from the same generation as general schwarzkopf and the vector was the vindication of my generation report vietnam generation because it was our first great military victory after defeat in vietnam and he took that personally. i knew general schwarzkopf well, going back to his time as a major in the pentagon. he also carried in his sack this rock that had the sigma that went with the defeat in vietnam. when defeated the iraqi military in the plains of iraq, when was able to do that one of the first things he said at the truce tent was
. in terms of the short-term, those automatic cuts known as sequestration that would hit the pentagon hard, some other domestic programs as well. that's the biggest stumbling block tonight to a deal. lindsey graham was on "fox news sunday" yesterday. he said he spoke to defense secretary leon panetta over the weekend. he had real concerns that these pentagon cuts will be devastating. take a listen. >> he says if we do this it will be shooting the defense department in the head and we'll have to send out 800,000 layoff notices the beginning of the year. he is worried to death that if we don't fix sequestration we are going to destroy the finest military in the world at the time we need it the most. >> the bottom line tonight is both sides believe that there is a deal on the tax side of the fiscal cliff avoiding that, that you extend tax cuts basically for anyone making 450,000 or below. but the sequestration side of this in terms of the massive automatic spending cuts, they are very much up for grabs right now. and that is the big reason why we do not have a deal that is signed, sealed and
. the increasing of taxes and the sequester, the across-the-board tax cuts that would affect both the pentagon and domestic programs. joining me now with an update, a re-set, if you will, chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel. mike? >> bret, good evening, once again. it has been an interesting day up here on capitol hill after that wide bipartisan vote in the united states senate we instantly heard grumblings this morning from house republicans who said they wanted to take time to read the bill. after they read the bill they did not like what they saw. they said where are the spending cuts. raise taxes $41 for are every dollar or so that we are going to save money. that didn't add up for them and so house republican leadership spent a whole lot of time today, two different meetings behind closed doors with the rank and file allowing the rank and file to vent about the deal and talk about a way toward. they talked about the possibility of doing an amendment eceptionly to try -- essentially to try to tack on spending cuts on to the existing bill and then send it back to the united state
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